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Arizona Schools Chief Diane Douglas Threatens Teachers Over Strike, Says It's 'Not Legal'

Arizona Schools Chief Diane Douglas Threatens Teachers Over Strike, Says It's 'Not Legal'

Douglas suggested that the state Department of Education will investigate teachers who walk out, and could refer teachers to the State Board of Education, which could give teachers a letter of censure or strip them of their teacher's certificate.

And while Douglas supports raising teacher pay, she has said that the #RedForEd protests "politicize" campuses.

"I don't even remember the last time state employees received a pay increase.

In an email, Douglas spokesperson Stefan Swiat said that the Department of Education "has already received verbal complaints and calls from citizens who intend to formally complain."

A 1971 opinion from the Arizona attorney general said that common law prohibits strikes by public employees, including teachers.

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